Celebrate Pi Day — 3.14.12

“Pi are round, CornbreadR²” —Southern Mathematical Corollary Today is Einstein’s birthday and the day to celebrate the irrational number for rational minds, Pi (3.141592653…..). According to Wikipedia, the Guinness-recognized record for remembered digits of π is 67,890 digits, held by Lu Chao, a 24-year-old graduate student from China. It took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite to the 67,890th…

The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge

The California Historical Society’s current exhibition is: A Wild Flight of the Imagination — The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge and it runs until October 14, 2012. You will find many fascinating drawings, paintings, tools and photographs of the bridge and the surrounding landscape before, during and after construction. Illustrations and drawings from two of my favorite…

What Would Joseph Strauss Do?

“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and…

Golden Gate Bridgeworkers Protest at 75th Anniversary Events

All is not well at the Second-happiest-place-on-earth. After 38 meetings, over ten months of negotiations, GGB officials are unwilling to move past the first item on their agenda: Healthcare cuts to active and retired employees. 380 members of 19 unions make up a Coalition that has exceeded the District’s monetary target of budget savings. What…

A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge the California Historical Society will open an exhibition on February 26, 2012, 79 years to the day that groundbreaking festivities took place. As part of the region wide celebration organized by The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy the exhibition will feature…